August 29th, 2019

morning devotions

morning devotions

'The Precious Things of God' by Octavius Winslow

"But to whom is Christ precious? This is a most important question. He is not precious to all. It is a privileged class, a peculiar people, a little flock, few and scattered, hidden and unknown, who feel the Savior's preciousness. Only to the believer is Christ precious; the declaration of the Holy Spirit is, "Unto you therefore who BELIEVE He is precious." This is philosophically as well as scripturally true. There cannot possibly be a felt conviction of the worth of an object of which we have no intelligent and clear perception. There must be something to create interest, to awaken admiration, to inspire love; the object must be seen, known, and tried.

Now, the only spiritual faculty that discerns Christ, and in discerning Christ realizes His preciousness, is faith. Faith is the optical faculty of the regenerate, it is the spiritual eye of the soul! Faith sees Christ, and as Christ is seen His excellence is recognized; and as His excellence unfolds, so He becomes an object of endearment to the heart! Oh, how lovely and how glorious is Jesus to the clear, far-seeing eye of faith! Faith beholds Him the matchless, peerless One; His beauty eclipsing, His glory outshining, all other beings! Faith sees majesty in His lowliness, dignity in His condescension, honor in His humiliation, beauty in His tears, transcendent, surpassing glory in His cross!

In natural things, as the beauty of an object unveils to the eye, it awakens in the mind a corresponding interest. The grey mist of morning slowly rising from off the face of nature, revealing a landscape of rich and varied beauty- the blending of mountain and valley, the green meadows and winding streams, presents an object which, in every mind susceptible of the sublime and the beautiful, inspires the feeling of admiration and delight. Beloved, in proportion as the personal dignity, beauty, and excellence of the Lord Jesus unfolds to the believing eye, He becomes more sensibly and deeply enshrined in the heart's warmest love! We must know the Lord Jesus to admire Him, and must admire Him to love Him, and must love Him to serve Him.

The believer, too, beholds a suitability in Christ, sees Him to be just the Savior adapted to the necessities of his soul; and this renders Him peculiarly precious. "I see Him," exclaims the believer, "to be exactly the Christ I need- His fulness meets my emptiness- His blood cleanses my guilt- His grace subdues my sin- His patience bears with my infirmities- His gentleness succours my weakness- His love quickens my obedience- His sympathy soothes my sorrows- His beauty charms my eye. He is just the Savior, just the Christ I need, and no words can describe His preciousness to my soul!"

There is thus an appropriation of Christ in the personal experience of every believer which endears Him to the heart. A Christ unappropriated is a Christ whose worth is undervalued, and whose preciousness is unfelt. The believer can say, "Christ is mine, and I have all things in one, even in Christ, who is my all and in all." This simple, trembling faith, sublime in its simplicity, mighty in its tremblings, sweeps all the treasures of the everlasting covenant of grace and all the fulness of the Surety of the covenant into its lap, and exclaims, "All is mine, because Christ is mine, and I am Christ's."

Do not shrink, beloved reader, from what the quaint divines of other days, and, perhaps, of a deeper experience and of a sounder creed than ours, were wont to term a "Christ-appropriating faith." If you have fled to Jesus as a poor, empty, believing sinner, there is not a throb of love in His loving heart, nor a drop of blood in His flowing veins, nor a particle of grace in His mediatorial fulness, nor a thought of peace in His divine mind, which is not yours, all yours, inalienably yours, as much yours as if you were its sole possessor! And in proportion as you thus deal with Christ, individually traveling to Him, living upon Him, living out of Him, dealing as personally with Him as He deals personally with you, He will involve Himself in your concerns, and will become growingly precious to your soul." Octavius Winslow
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the defeat and disempowerment of all gods and idols by Christ

It is 1:58 PM Thursday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is warm breezy afternoon. Good weather for High School football.

I got up this morning around 6:40 AM. I got up ate breakfast and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and then read most of the mornings from a book titled, 'Biblical Theology of the New Testament' by Peter Stuhlmacher.

Carol got home from work around 8:30 AM. She had a strange thing happen to her at work. She said she had her monthly planner out on her desk and she stepped out of her office to make coffee. When she came back to her office her planner was gone. Someone walked by her office saw the planner and stole it. Weird. We assume who ever took it thought maybe there were passwords in her planner they could use to unlock her bank accounts etc. . . Carol had no such passwords in her planner, so we are not in danger of being robbed. The sad thing is that the only people who could have taken her planner are all the night nurses she works with. It is sad to realize even the people who work with would still steal from you. Hopefully Carol's planner will appear once who ever took it realizes there was nothing it of real important/value in it. Carol just writes down in her planner what she has going on throughout the year/month like work, hair cut appointments, dentist appointments etc. . .

One of my camera's has not been working properly so late this morning I drove over to a local camera store to have it looked at or at least tell me what they thought could be the problem why the camera keeps dying. What I mean is that when I put in the camera a recharged battery it won't turn on. The fellow at the camera shop said I would have to mail it to a camera repair shop to have looked at, which to me sounded like not worth the time or effort. The fellow at the camera shop told me a camera these days last maybe four or five years and then they quit. So I suppose it is time to get another new camera. I have another camera I can use so I am not without a camera. I just bought a new camera two years ago.

Carol just got up to face existence. She is off now for two nights from work.

After the camera store to have someone tell me or suggest what to do about my broken camera I visit thrift stores in search of used books to ADD to our library. I found these used books today-

'Bernice Abbott: A Life in Photography' biography by Julia Van Haaften

'Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War' biography by Mary McAuliffe

'Stalin' biography by Edvard Radzinksy

'Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art' by Lewis Hyde

'Strange News from Another Star And Other Tales' by Hermann Hesse

'The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame' a novel by Victor Hugo

'A Fraction of the Whole' a novel by Steve Toltz

So Time goes by. I did make a brief video this morning for my Youtube channel. Well I will close to recover from the day.
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new book in the mail & September TBR

new book in the mail & September TBR

'Doxology' a novel by Nell Zink

'Ducks, Newburyport' a novel by Lucy Ellmann

'Another Roadside Attraction' a novel by Tom Robbins

'Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged The Literary Cold War' biography by Duncan White

'Nicotine' a novel by Nell Zink
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